Biden and Japanese P.M. Kishida expected to discuss North Korea, China

The two leaders also planned to discuss a united response related to Russian aggression toward Ukraine, a senior Biden administration official said. President Joe Biden met virtually with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida Friday morning to discuss regional security and other common threats, such as Covid, the climate crisis and partnering on cybersecurity. The two countries areContinue reading “Biden and Japanese P.M. Kishida expected to discuss North Korea, China”

Let’s talk about Biden’s statements on Ukraine – Beau of the Fifth Column

Russia needs to stop clinging to the idea of reviving the Soviet Union, Ukraine ambassador says

Relations between the Kremlin and its European counterparts hit a low in 2014 when Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine. Republican Senator Mitt Romney told NBC on Sunday that he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to reestablish a “type of Soviet Union.” Russian President Vladimir Putin has made no bones about the fact that heContinue reading “Russia needs to stop clinging to the idea of reviving the Soviet Union, Ukraine ambassador says”

Ukraine cyber-attack: Russia to blame for hack, says Kyiv

The Ukrainian government has accused Russia of being behind Friday’s cyber-attack on dozens of official websites. About 70 government websites were temporarily down, in the largest such attack on Ukraine in four years. Before the sites went offline, a message appeared warning Ukrainians to “prepare for the worst”. Access to most of the sites wasContinue reading “Ukraine cyber-attack: Russia to blame for hack, says Kyiv”

U.S. is ‘fully prepared’ if Russia invades Ukraine, secretary of state says

Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the U.S. is planning “things that we have not done in the past” if Russia invades Ukraine. His comments follow days of diplomatic talks and a deadlock on resolving the crisis brewing along the Ukraine-Russia border. Russia has 100,000 troops lined up next to Ukraine, with tanks and artillery.Continue reading “U.S. is ‘fully prepared’ if Russia invades Ukraine, secretary of state says”

Russia agrees to begin security talks with U.S. at start of year

Russia will enter talks with U.S. negotiators on security guarantees it wants from the West at the start of next year, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday, amid concerns over a Russian military build-up near Ukraine’s border. Ukraine and the West have accused Russia of considering a new attack on Ukraine as early asContinue reading “Russia agrees to begin security talks with U.S. at start of year”

Saudi women’s rights activist says phone hack by U.S. contractors led to arrest -lawsuit

A Saudi Arabian women’s rights activist accused three former U.S. intelligence contractors of an illegal hack of her phone that was instrumental in her being arrested and later tortured in her home country, according to a lawsuit filed in a U.S. court. Loujain al-Hathloul helped lead a campaign to allow Saudi Arabian women to driveContinue reading “Saudi women’s rights activist says phone hack by U.S. contractors led to arrest -lawsuit”

Ukraine charges 5 hackers allegedly working for Russia

Ukraine has filed charges of espionage and attempted state overthrow against five people who allegedly were part of a hackers group controlled by Russia. The Security Service of Ukraine said Friday that the hackers group known as “Armagedon” was responsible for some 5,000 cyberattacks on Ukrainian state agencies since 2014. The service said it hadContinue reading “Ukraine charges 5 hackers allegedly working for Russia”

Russia excluded from 30-country meeting to fight ransomware and cyber crime

Russia was not invited to attend a 30-country virtual meeting led by the United States that is aimed at combating the growing threat of ransomware and other cyber crime, a senior administration official said. Many ransomware gangs operate from Ukraine and Russia, private sector cybersecurity experts say. Some U.S. officials and analysts have said RussianContinue reading “Russia excluded from 30-country meeting to fight ransomware and cyber crime”

A Pentagon official said he resigned because US cybersecurity is no match for China, calling it ‘kindergarten level’

Nicolas Chaillan served as the US Air Force’s software chief and worked on Pentagon security. He quit in September and told the Financial Times last week that the US was far behind China on AI. “We have no competing fighting chance against China in fifteen to twenty years,” he said. A senior cybersecurity official at the PentagonContinue reading “A Pentagon official said he resigned because US cybersecurity is no match for China, calling it ‘kindergarten level’”

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